Shout Mouse Press
Shout Mouse Press is a nonprofit writing program and publishing house that amplifies unheard voices. Through writing workshops that lead to professional publication, we empower those from marginalized backgrounds to tell their own stories in their own voices and, as published authors, to act as leaders and agents of change. In partnership with other nonprofits serving communities in need, we are building a catalog of mission-driven books by unheard voices. Our authors have produced original children's books, memoir and poetry collections, and novels-in-stories that expand empathy, affirm the vulnerable, and increase understanding of unheard perspectives. Shout Mouse authors include incarcerated youth, at-risk and immigrant youth in Washington, DC, and exploited children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Writers in Schools - Young Author Book Talks
Presented by: Shout Mouse Press + PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools
In partnership with PEN/Faulkner Writers-in-Schools, teen authors from Shout Mouse Press discuss their award-winning novels, memoirs, poetry, and graphic novels. Topics include: immigration, Islamophobia, youth incarceration, #BlackLivesMatter, and more. Program includes classroom set of books via PEN/Faulkner (free for Title I schools, sliding scale for others) and an author talk by Shout Mouse teen authors. Says one participating educator: “For my students, writing is the hardest thing… they don’t know what to write about. But when you put someone in front of them who they can identify with... It opens up a whole level of motivation and engagement.”
Length of Program: 1 day; Visits can accommodate most class periods and up to 30 students at a time; book clubs; or other school-based sessions.
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts; Foreign Language; History & Geography; Diversity
Grades: 6th - 12th
Capacity: Ideally 20 students per class, or combined classes of 40-50 students max, with at least two teachers present.